About Jim Elser
Dr. Elser's research focuses on the impact of key chemical elements such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) using the integrative theory of biological stoichiometry, the study of balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. While this work is primarily ecological in focus and includes studies of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and biota, the approach uses an evolutionary perspective to integrate levels of organization from the molecule and cell to the ecosystem. Currently, Dr Elser's research focuses most intensively on Flathead Lake as well as mountain lakes of western Montana and western China. Specific studies involve observational and experimental studies at various scales, including laboratory cultures, short-term field experiments and sustained whole-ecosystem manipulations. Previous field sites have included the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario, Canada; lakes of the Arctic and of Patagonia; lakes, forests, and grasslands of the upper Midwest; and desert springs in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert.
Dr. Elser retains a research faculty appointment at Arizona State University where is is the Director of the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance and co-PI on the NSF project Living with Locusts. He currently serves as the Past-President of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the world’s largest and most important aquatic sciences professional association.
Follow him on Twitter as @DrLimnology.
UM's press release on Dr. Elser's hiring.